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Murder, Inc.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT

(image) Murder, Inc., is the name given by the press to the band of professional killers who operated throughout the US in the 1930s and 40s as the enforcement arm of the Syndicate, a confederation of organized crime groups. Allegedly protected by corrupt politicians, they were able to commit well over 100 murders before law enforcement authorities launched a campaign against the mob that resulted in a number of convictions and executions. Who were some of the notorious members of Murder, Inc.? Discuss



The Blond Knight of Germany

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT

(image) Known as "the Blond Knight Of Germany," Erich Hartmann was the World War II Luftwaffe pilot now recognized as the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial combat. A master of stalk-and-ambush tactics, Hartmann scored 352 victories in 1,404 combat missions and was never shot down or forced to land due to enemy fire. During the war, Russians nicknamed him “Black Devil" due to the black tulip design he had added to his plane. Why was his plane sometimes lent to novice pilots?



Goliath Beetles

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT

(image) Named after the biblical giant slain by David, goliath beetles are among the largest insects on Earth. Native to Africa, they are found mostly in tropical forests, where they feed primarily on tree sap and fruit. Heavily armored, they measure from 2 to 4.3 inches (50–110 mm) long as adults and can reach weights of up 3.5 ounces (100 grams) in the larval stage, though adults are only about half this weight. How long do they live?